33 PAX in attendance

Conditions:   Cool, but humid

Circle:  An update and explanation of why we were there was given by Hooker.  Following this, Benchwarmer gave directions and safety advice.  Just prior to Bowtie giving the start your engines signal, Tater Salad made a comment about “merkin quivers” which as a Temple regular can honestly say I have never seen ANYONE do!!!!!  The poor lighting and speed of the exercise just make them appear to be quivers.   While there were no quivers, there were some nervous shivers by Temple first timers as they looked over the ledge of Woodland Mountain at the pain that awaited them.

The Main Thang:
20 merkins, 20 lbc’s, 20 squats at top of hill.  Following FULL squats, lbc’s, and quiverless merkins, PAX ran to the bottom of the hill where they did 19, 19, 19.  PAX then gathered their breath and headed back up Woodland Mountain.   This painful process continued for 30 minutes with each man setting a  goal to survive, improve, and get as close to 0 as possible.  In doing so, several (Hooker, Benchwarmer, and many more) set P.R.’s.   Completion of Temple is 3.18 miles.  It should be noted that at least 3 men (Shaffer, Pawnstar, & Goldilocks) RAN with rucks.  Pretty impressive stuff guys!!

Additional:  Today illustrates much of what F3 is all about.  Just 8 days prior to today, Groundblind lead devotion and prayer at The Clinic with the most heartfelt and important talk I have heard since coming to F3.  The day prior, he was there for a lifelong friend supporting and comforting him on the worst possible day any father could ever have.  Though difficult to discuss, Groundblind encouraged us to put things in perspective, to make time for what really matters, and to hug and hold tight those who we hold dear in our lives as we never know if we will have another day.  In some post-boot camp talks that day, Groundblind said, “I wouldn’t wish that onto anyone.  Interestingly, I was chomping at the bit to workout this a.m.  I think the reason F3 is so successful is the comradery and brotherhood formed through the pain and suffering we share together.  It is comforting to know there’s a group of men that will back you up or pick you up when things get tough”.   Well men, that’s exactly what we did today.  I have never been more proud to be a part of anything than I was this morning.  Let’s face it, The Temple is about as enjoyable as getting a root canal.  This morning, that didn’t matter.  F3 Hartsville put themselves through a little bit of pain to help lift up a brother and his family during a very difficult time.

Additional II:  A big shout out to the Act Like Men group who came out to support their F3 brother.  ALM has an awesome thing going on each Wednesday morning and they diverted from their regular routine to help support something bigger than any of us.  We can do ministry at ALM, at our AO’s, at The Temple, in our communities, and in our families.   This morning, we all participated in ministry.  On many levels this morning, iron sharpened iron.

Additional III:  Another shout out goes to Green Acres, Shaffer, and Goldilocks who met at 0430 and rucked right up until the time for The Temple to start.  Pretty Hard Core! Way to push guys!!

Additional IV:  A big thanks to “Shield” (Green Acres’ 2.0) who donated his 2.0 F3 shirt to be given to Garrison.  As I understand it, Green Acres and his son sat down to discuss and Shield proudly contributed to the cause.  As Green Acres said the night before, many fathers had discussion with their children about what we were doing to lift others up.  What a powerful lesson to teach our children.  F3 is making a difference with our F3 brothers, in our community, and in our families.

B.O.M. & Devotion:  As always, Divac did an outstanding job with the devotion.

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine”

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
(NIV Bible)

This is Paul speaking to the church at Ephesus.  Talking about how to be spiritually strong. Describing the magnitude of what God will do in the lives of His sons and daughters of the church through Christ Jesus.

God tells us here that He can do IMMEASURABLY more than anything we could ever imagine.  Note it also says “according to his power that is at work within us”.  Describing the power of God, the same power that rose Jesus from the grave, that is within us through the Holy Spirit.

God loves every man here.  Just as we are today, no matter what happened yesterday and He doesn’t love some future version of us.  He loves us today and wants us to accept His grace and his Power through the Holy Sprit. So we can praise Him for blowing our minds with His greatness!

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Brick Yard VQ: A little cool ootside in the gloom, eh?!

Fitting weather for YHC’s Can-AM  inaugural VQ at the Brick Yard Monday morning. A little taste of a Canadian summer heat wave….you could almost smell the maple syrup and poutine in the air. A great turnout for the Brick Yard, 17 PAX including several from the 4:30 rucking crowd. Don't know if that's a record, but the largest Brickyard group YHC has seen.


  • SSHx25 ic
  • windmills x 25 ic
  • F/R Penningtons x 25 ic
  • Mosey to the BrickYard

The Temple  "Whaaat!? I thought Temple was on Wednesday" (Tater Salad)

YHC stole shamelessly from Barfly's VQ playbook last week, but with a little twist. Partner A runs with a sandbag across the parking lot, does 20 squats with bag, 20 merkins and 20 LBC's and runs back with the sandbag, while Partner B does curls, presses, bend over rowing, etc with the block. Sandbag makes it kinda like running uphill both ways. Switch and repeat completing 19, 18, 17, etc reps until time is called at 20 minutes.

Mosey back to AO

  • Mtn Climbers x15 ic
  • Russian twist x 15 ic
  • Burpies x 5 just for the heck of it


  • Numbers
  • Name-o-rama
  • Announcements
  • Message:  "we can all lead, somehow, everyday, by our actions"
  • Devo: It's not between you and them, it's between you and God"




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Only 4 PAX showed for the Woodland 30 minutes of hell. Guess the rest were saving their legs for Bowtie's Kalmia Gardens Convergence extravaganza on Thursday. Kudos to Hillbilly who was an FNG a mere 2 days ago and conquered the hill!

The Thang: Start at the top with 20 air squats, 20 merkins, 20 LBC's, dodge the traffic across Home Ave ( where is everyone going at 5:30 am?) run to the bottom of the hill, do 19 of each, run to the top of the hill, do 18,18,18, etc repeat counting down to zero (ha!) or until your legs fall off or when 30 minutes are up. Contemplate your decision to do Temple instead of Bojangles.

This is way more fun when the street lights are out!

Hillbilly closed with prayer.

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